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No cost effective staging tips: Sell your house, not your home

No cost effective staging tips: Sell your house, not your home

Whenever I take a listing, I will go through the house and make a list of suggested tips that will improve the appearance of the property and make it more appealing to the buyer. Even though selling a home can be an emotional time, I always tell the sellers that they are selling their house,...
What to look for in an investment property

What to look for in an investment property

Historically, the appreciation rate for real estate is strong. Even when the housing market declines, long-term investors in real estate can rest easy knowing that property values tend to rebound rather quickly, rewarding patient investors in the process. Looking at real estate as a long-term investment is just one way approach a potential investment property....
Rooms with a View celebrates design

Rooms with a View celebrates design

Interiors showcase Rooms with a View, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary and whose honorary chairperson is national tastemaker Thom Filicia, will be hosting a weekend of design and has announced its theme for 2014: “20/20 Visions.” The event, which will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, 10 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov....
Make every day a spa day: Bathroom remodeling tips from the experts

Make every day a spa day: Bathroom remodeling tips from the experts

A lovely aesthetic with optimum function is the key to a fabulous bathroom makeover. “It should be full of natural light, easy to clean, with ample room,” says Mark Mosolino, owner, Mosolino Development (www.mosolinodevelopment.com), New Canaan. “Think beyond basics. Design to totally love it! Make it a room to spend a little more time in...
Sofas: Finding the perfect launch pads

Sofas: Finding the perfect launch pads

If sofas could talk, imagine what they have witnessed! One of the most lived-in pieces of furniture you can own, a sofa fosters family closeness, guest hospitality, reading, napping, cuddling, snacking, and pet naps, and is the center of attention and style-setter of any room it’s in. The Darien Design Center (dariendesigncenter.com) is one of...
An added item to properties  have benefitted the community

An added item to properties have benefitted the community

This seasonal bench decorations at the corner of Twinbrook Drive and Pease Road in Woodbridge was submitted by Nina Kadan-Lottick. About five years ago, she, along with her neighbor and friend Aileen O’Rourke bought two benches and put them at the corner of their respective properties for their children. O’Rourke’s husband, Eugene Caracciolo, assembled the...
Holiday fair and tag sales to spruce up your home

Holiday fair and tag sales to spruce up your home

Here’s a list of holiday fair and tag sales so you can find those items to spruce up your home. Ansonia The Ansonia High School PTSO hosts a craft and vendor fair and is looking for vendors/crafters. The fair is Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9:30 to...
Green Building: Building My Passive House – Part 7

Green Building: Building My Passive House – Part 7

This is the seventh in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes, and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). Let me answer the rhetorical question I asked at the...
Although we’re keeping the windows closed, it’s still time to think about window guards

Although we’re keeping the windows closed, it’s still time to think about window guards

The Department of Consumer Protection is issuing a reminder that taking precautions around windows can help prevent accidental falls. The change of season is a good time to examine all window frames and screens for wear and tear and to make repairs as needed. Remember that screens and even storm windows are not strong enough...

Low-incomes residents may apply free help

HomeFront is looking for residents in need of home repairs for its upcoming 28th annual repair blitz in Spring 2015. Interested homeowners must apply before Friday, Nov. 15, in order to be considered for help in the 2015 season. HomeFront offers help with faulty windows, doors, steps, railings, leaky roofs, painting, plumbing and electrical needs...
Moorefield Herb Farm: Bringing locally grown produce to area farmers’ markets

Moorefield Herb Farm: Bringing locally grown produce to area farmers’ markets

The popularity of farmers’ markets has been growing each year, along with their fresh, just harvested local produce. There are now more than 100 farmers’ markets in Connecticut, with new ones being added all over the state. Moorefield Herb Farm in Trumbull is in different farmers’ market towns almost every day of the week, from...
Buying a retirement home? Think it through

Buying a retirement home? Think it through

I have had the pleasure recently of consulting with a few retired homeowners who are empty nesters and thinking of selling their homes. Their present homes, which once were so accommodating to their larger families, are now just too much space to take care of. What should they do? Where should they go? How can...